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Eastern Suburbs Melbourne – Lawn Mowing & Gardening- Jim's Mowing
22 Aug 2017

Bulb Growing

Bulb Growing
Now is the time to get your bulbs growing? We just love bulb growing gardens. Most people have a bulb growing in their garden somewhere and if you need a hand Jim’s Mowing can offer free quotes and all the assistance you will need. Late Winter and early spring is usually when you start to see the first sign of a bulb growing in your garden. Daffodil, Iris, Jonquil, hyacinths and freesias, lily of all kinds and who could overlook Tulips. Bulbs can last for years and although they appreciate some care they can often survive with a minimum of fuss. A little water and either compost or fertilizer and many people enjoy the plants flowering year after year.

 

Planting Rules Of Thumb
1. Select a site that is sunny and has well drained soil.
2. Plant bulbs in twos or threes in case some do not flower.
3. Plant bulbs at a depth of approximately three times the width of the bulb.
4. After planting, apply fertilizer low in nitrogen, such as a 10-5-5 NPK formulation. See label.
5. Water in well after planting.

 

Propagation
In most bulb growing gardens you will find that the bulbs multiply as they grow. So each year you can dig them up, separate them, discard the old dead ones and simply replant the new.

 

Soil & Mulch
Bulb growing will achieve the best results in compost rich soils. If your soil’s sandy, plant bulbs slightly deeper; in clay soils, slightly shallower. Weeds can be a nuisance and inhibit bulb growing so always try to mulch well. Mulch will also help to keep moisture in the soil over summer.

 

Timing
Timing is important when bulb growing. Spring-flowering bulbs need between 90 and 120 days in the ground to come up and bloom in the spring, so they should be planted in mid to late autumn. Also, you may want to get them planted before they start sprouting. This will ensure a strong route structure and better flowers as
they grow.

 

Bulb Quality
When starting your bulb growing garden there are a few things to look out for. Firstly when purchasing bulbs, physically pick them up and feel them. Bulbs should be full and firm, not soft or dry and withered. If it feels light then it is possible that it is dry and dead inside. If the bulb is soft it is often a sign of fungal disease. Avoid any bulb that is diseased or physically damaged or has a bad smell. The outer skin of tulips is quite important because it helps to prevent dehydration and damage and should be intact. Bulbs need to be a reasonable size to flower in their first year. Some bulbs, like daffodils, will sometimes have a smaller bulb attached, but these will probably only flower in the second year. The supplier will pick up most problems with bulbs when they are packaging and sorting, but as a consumer it never hurts to double check.

 

Bulb Growing Tips
Most bulbs need very little attention except a complete bulb fertilizer at planting time, and then again when they have finished flowering. As tempting as it is to cut off the dying foliage – don’t. The foliage helps to provide the bulb energy for next years’ flower.

 

It is important to remember that if you want to plant tulips, the winters in most Australian states don’t get cold enough to initiate flowering, so they need to be given a short time in the fridge before planting. Between 4 and 8 weeks is usually enough, and somewhere like the crisper is ideal. It is amazing to think that these small dull, lifeless packages will burst into magnificence in spring.
Jim’s Mowing can assist you in all areas of bulb growing so if you need a hand call us for a free quote.

 

10 May 2017

Jim’s Mowing Ringwood South.

Jim’s Mowing Ringwood South
Jim’s Mowing Ringwood South is a new business for sale nestled in the area between Maroondah Highway and Wonga Road in Melbourne’s Eastern Suburbs. The beauty of the area is that it is close to Kalinda Primary school, Yarra Valley Grammar and the Burnt Bridge shopping complex. It is also close to the Eastland Shopping Hub and the bus route that links into Ringwood Station. These community details add up to make Jim’s Mowing Ringwood South a fantastic opportunity for the right business minded person keen to buy into the Jim’s Mowing success story.

The Jim’s Mowing Ringwood South business comes with an exclusive territory of approximately one thousand households and access to the state of the art Jim’s Mowing business model and brand. In addition a Pay for Work Guarantee ( some conditions apply ) is offered with this business to ensure the new owner enjoys a secure income whilst they establish their new business.

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Jim’s Mowing has been established in the Maroondah region for over 28
years. Jim’s Mowing enjoys a fantastic reputation and is the leading Mowing and Gardening business in the region and indeed the whole of Melbourne.
We look forward to speaking with you should you be interested in exploring this exciting opportunity. There is no obligation and you are very welcome to ring the number below and ask for the free Jim’s Mowing Ringwood South information kit.

Jim’s Mowing Ringwood South
The business is incorporated in the Jim’s Mowing Outer North East region of Jim’s Mowing and is made up of approx. 1000 households.

LOGO

The boundary of the business is as follows –

Jim’s Mowing Ringwood South map area is defined as: East of Wonga Road, West of Maroondah Highway, North of Oban Road and South of Plymouth Road and South of Warranwood Road. Refer Melways Map – 35/36/50 – Edition 30.
Ringwood South features a very mixed demographic of people aged from low 30s to high 70’s. The demographic suits the Jim’s Mowing customer profile very well and the suburb is a great source of work for the Jim’s Mowing business.
Ringwood South is within walking distance of the well-known Eastland shopping centre precinct and Ringwood station and is very close to Eastlink. These features have added to Ringwood South’s popularity in the region and contributed to increased land and property values.

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Location Location
As well as the train station public transport is well catered for by regular bus services connecting to Croydon and Lilydale stations. Maroondah Highway and Eastlink runs nearby. Ringwood is well serviced with numerous colleges, secondary and primary schools, childcare centres and aged care facilities.
Overall this makes Ringwood South an attractive place to live, property values are above average for the region. Owning a Jim’s Mowing business in such an area gives the purchaser a great opportunity to not only prosper but work in the community in which you live.

CUSTOMER PROXIMITY
* Many customers may be sourced within the suburbs of Ringwood, Ringwood East, Heathmont and Warranwood potentially making the business very compact, reducing travel costs and time wasting in travel.

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REGULAR CUSTOMER VALUE
*Regular Mowing Leads are available at ten dollars approx each and may result in regular work for many years to come. The beauty of the Jim’s Mowing system is that you will only pay for each lead once. (Refer to the Disclosure Doc for full details )

* Approximately 40% to 60% of Jim’s Mowing customers request additional work from their Franchise owners and this can be grown with the 15 point Build Your Business Plan.

WORK DESCRIPTION
• Regular Mowing, edging & blowing.
• Pruning Roses and fruit trees, mainly in winter.
• Trimming shrubs, trees and hedges all year round
• Weed spraying in gardens & removing invasive weeds. e.g blackberry
• Gutter cleaning-all year round
• Rubbish Removal – green/light & heavy all year round- some via skip.
• Lawn fertilizing 3 or 4 times per year
• Soil treatments- e.g wetting agent application over early summer
• Irrigation – From small repairs to full installation
• Tree removals up to four metres
• Mulching usually early summer – supply & spread
• Weed management.
• Lawn work including, new turf, topdressing and repairs.
• General gardening, planting, clean-ups
• Landscaping – soft small end of the market- mainly jobs under $15k.
• Ride-on mowing mandatory within this business.

Extra Business Information
With a regular customer base there is great potential for growth limited only by the enthusiasm, work ethic and the level of service provided by the incoming franchisee.

Subsidized Horticulture training (Nationally recognized)
– is offered and recommended at Jim’s Mowing World Headquarters. Jim’s Mowing gives its franchisees a brand that is second to none in the mowing and gardening business and is an Iconic logo in Melbourne recognized by more than 94% of the population.

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The Future
Ringwood will continue to be a sort after suburb for the young and older home owner alike. Why? The infrastructure of the Eastland precinct together with top school and health facilities, and good public transport and road access will continue to make this suburb popular. This popularity should continue to strengthen the Jim’s Mowing Ringwood South opportunities and give the discerning buyer of this business some comfort of buying in the right area. Please refer to the disclosure document for more information about this exciting opportunity.

Call Jim’s Mowing for a free no obligation information kit.

04 Apr 2017

Slashing

Slashing
Are you faced with a slashing problem? Have you overlooked cutting the grass and it has just grown out of control? Have you received notification from the council that your property is a fire hazard and you have weeks to fix or get penalized? Maybe you have a hobby block and the grass and scrub have got away from you. Rental property slashing and holiday block slashing are common jobs for us. Could it be that you are waiting to build and you need your house block cleaned up!

Slashing Sl asher

Slashing Solutions
Jim’s Mowing offer many solutions. Maybe you need brush cutting around obstacles with our steel blade tools. Maybe a tractor slasher is required. Our experienced ride-on mower people can cut acreages at reasonable rates. It could be that you just need a heavy duty mower to do the job. Regardless we can help.

Ride On Mower Meet

Mulch or Take Away
One of the questions you may get asked is do you want the grass left on the property or taken away? Naturally the longer the grass the bigger the job and we believe that grass clippings add great value to a property’s biodiversity. However it is your choice, you can leave it on the ground, compost it or we can take it away. We hasten to add that with most slashing jobs the grass is left on the ground.

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Slash & Clean-Up
We also offer to clean-up as we slash and take rubbish to the tip, leaving the property looking clean and tidy. Usually a meeting on site can scope the job out and provide you with a free quote. We can also add some landscaping into the mix to beautify before a sale or maybe to rent out. Whichever suits we are flexible and can work with you on your project. Ring now and organize a free quote.

22 Feb 2017

Fertilizing

Fertilizing
Many people with gardens of all shapes and sizes forget that plants need Fertilizing. Most soils hold nutrients but for consistent continuous healthy plant growth these nutrients need replacing with a regular fertilizing regime. The main nutrients for fertilizing healthy soils are Nitrogen ( N), Phosphorous (P) Potassium (K) as well as the trace elements like Zinc, Boron and Copper to name a few. All are important and play a role in plant health and are critical to fertilizing.

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Ensuring your plants have access to these nutrients requires a regular fertilizing plan. Fertilizing must be done when the plants need it the most. This is usually throughout the times of the year when sunlight and rainfall are plentiful and those seasons in Melbourne are Spring and Autumn. Conversely Winter is usually too cold and the plants are often dormant. They simply will not draw the nutrients due to reduced sunlight and colder weather. Summer is usually too hot and any new growth encouraged by fertilizing could and will get burnt off and often damage the plant for months to come.

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Timeliness
Best times in Melbourne for example are late Spring to early Summer as this will assist plants reach Autumn in peak condition. Fertilize again during Autumn to ensure plants remain in peak condition over Winter. Of course some plants like bulbs and natives will need a slightly different plan to coincide with their species.

Native Fertilizers
Our native plants are indeed unique and as one pundit said “they are so used to growing in poor soil so they don’t need much fertilizing”. This may be true however we recommend for the best garden even your natives can do with some TLC once or twice a year.
The main recommendation with natives is to use a purpose built fertilizer for natives that is slow release. E.g. The Ozmicote brand has been tried and tested. Typically native plant fertilizers are low in Phosphorus or have no Phosphorus as native plants do not do well in high content phosphorous laden soils. The other recommendation is to not over fertilize and make sure you simply follow the label instructions.

Native Plant Fertilizer

Chose the Best Fertilizer
You have a choice here, buy purpose built fertilizers designed to feed your particular plants or buy a “Complete Fertilizer” that covers everything. Our recommendation is to buy the “Complete Fertilizer“ product and feed the whole garden using the one thing. This way you won’t have many different bags of fertilizers lying around waiting to be used.

Rose Fertilizer

Equipment
It is important to use the right equipment if you intend to apply fertilizers. Should your selected fertilizer be granular then use a spreader. You can either obtain the hand held spreaders or the wheel along type, just ensure it will work with your selected fertilizer. i.e. – the Dynamic Lifter type granular fertilizers will not spread in some spreaders as the grains are too large!

Push Fertilizer Spreader

Liquid or Granular Fertilizers
Either type will do the job. The liquid fertilizers are either “the plug your hose” in type or the “mix in a watering can” type. Again simply follow the label directions for best results. If you choose granular fertilizers double check the label directions as some need to be watered in or applied during rain.

Turf Gold Slow Release Lawn Fertilizer

Dynamic Lifter Fast Release Lawn Fertilizer

Weed & Feed
Weed and Feed products are designed to kill broad leaf weeds and at the same time fertilize the remaining lawn. They are not usually designed for general garden fertilizing. It is imperative that you read the label carefully before purchase as some lawns are not suitable for this product. In addition in the experience of Jims Mowing they require more than one application to see results. Take particular care with Buffalo and Kikuyu lawns.

Granular Weed & Feed

Fertilizers & Insecticide Products
These dual purpose fertilizers with Insecticides included like “Initiator” are reasonably new on to the market and are aimed at particular plants. e.g. Roses, Magnolias, Lillypillys etc. Their aim is to fertilize the plant and at the same time kill sucking insects like Aphids. Again read the label carefully before purchase and follow the instructions for best results.

Initiator - Systematic Insecticide & Fertilizer

Soil ph.
Soil pH is a measure of the acidity and alkalinity in soils. pH levels range from 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral, below 7 acidic and above 7 alkaline. The optimal pH range for most plants is between 5.5 and 7.0. Many plants have adapted to thrive at pH values outside this range. Most soils and potting mix that you buy should sit around a ph level of 7. This is neutral ( On a scale of 14 ) however many plants prefer a little acidity and will do better with a ph level of say 6.5. A soil pH test kit from your local garden supplier will assist you to discover your soil pH levels and the kit directions usually will give you information on what you need to correct in any poor soil. Remember if the soil is really poor it may be more economical to replace with completely new soil from your local garden supplier.
Generally, limestone is used to raise a pH level, and sulphur is used to lower it. Limestone is relatively pure calcium carbonate, but dolomitic limestone is a mix of calcium carbonate and magnesium. Dolomitic limestone neutralizes more acidity than pure limestone and adds magnesium to the soil. This is perfect for many Australian gardens.

pH Test Kit

Call Jims Mowing for free quotes on your fertilizing project.

08 Feb 2017

Rotary Hoeing

Rotary Hoeing
Rotary hoeing is basically a function of cultivating soil in order to plant a vegetable garden, plant lawn seed or perhaps lay turf. Rotary Hoeing can be used to level rough ground and introduce gypsum and other soil conditioners, fertilizers and nutrients into the soil prior to planting. The machine breaks down large chunks of soil and can dig down to depths of approximately 500 millimetres depending on the machine. Why consider Rotary Hoeing is the main question you should ask before contemplating such a task. I will endeavor to cover the main reasons why Jim’s Mowing people supply the Rotary Hoeing service and which machine is most suitable.

Rotary Hoeing Job

Safety
Let us cover this off straight away. You need to be fit, strong and able bodied to complete a rotary hoeing task. Rotary Hoe’s are heavy duty machines, more often self-propelled and require significant strength to unload, load and then use in often, rough terrain. Personal protective equipment is a must including steel capped boots, ear and eye protection and gloves if the job is large. If the job is dry and dusty a dust mask would be necessary. If the ground is steep, full of clay and rock extra care is mandatory to reduce the risk of accidents.

Personal Protective Equipment

Tillers
Rotary Hoeing using Tiller type machines are usually used for small vegetable plots that have seen regular cultivation over the past year or two. They are generally a lighter weight machine and not suitable for other uses. Tillers would not be suitable for heavy duty clay or rocky soil or larger jobs.

Rotary Hoe Tiller

Hire Pick-Up And Delivery
Most people need rotary hoes once or twice a year so hiring the machine is the most economical way to go. Hiring maybe an issue for some home gardeners or landscapers as a larger trailer is required.Some strength is also required in maneuvering the machine off and on the trailer as necessary. Jims Mowing owners are more than happy to supply free quotes on all Rotary Hoeing jobs.

Rotary Hoe
The standard Rotary Hoeing machine is a self-propelled machine suitable for cultivation of most soil types. They can be adjusted to cope with different heights and cultivation speed to match clay and rocky soils. They can be used for larger properties of say under one acre. Often they are used before laying turf or planting lawn seed including preparation of larger vegetable gardens. These machines are slightly larger than a standard lawn mower but will fit thru most gates where tight access is an issue. This makes them ideal for home Rotary hoeing tasks.

Rotary Hoe

Heavy Duty Rotary Hoeing.
The heavy duty rotary hoeing machine is suitable for the small hobby farm type environment. This machine would be suited to cultivate over an acre but not into the farm category. On farms where large paddocks require cultivation tractors and larger machinery is the norm. Most people could justify Rotary Hoe ownership of the most suitable machine for their property.

Rotary Hoe - Heavy Duty

Farm Tractor Rotary Hoeing

For all your Rotary Hoeing advice call Jim’s Mowing for a free quote.

07 Dec 2016

Garden Clean-Up

Garden Clean-Up
A Garden Clean-Up can mean many things. Do you need a garden clean-up for Christmas or maybe you are hosting a party and need a garden clean up to make your home look its best? Are you selling your house and wish to maximise your selling potential with a garden clean up! Could it be that you’ve purchased a new house with a jungle shocker and it needs a Garden Clean Up badly? Have you had renters in your property and the place has gone to the dogs and needs a garden clean up urgently? Many times we have been able to help families selling deceased estate properties with a garden clean up, this may include furniture, rubbish and junk. Perhaps your parents have moved out and you need some help in preparing the place for the market. Jim’s Mowing can help you with your garden Clean-Up no matter how much work is needed!

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Hoarding
Many of us are guilty of hoarding and keeping items that are of some value or might be useful one day. Hoarding can spill out of the house and a garden clean up may include these items of dubious value, especially if they have been exposed to the weather.
Garages & Sheds
Garages and sheds are never large enough and eventually they need cleaning out. We can help you with these matters, or assist you with advice. If the sheds contents have spilled out the door than we can include in the garden clean-up. We can even work with you in separating the keepers from the tip pile.
Weeds
Neglect a pile of junk long enough and the weeds like Wandering Jew, Blackberries and Kikuyu will invade and it can happen within weeks. This takes the garden clean up to a more serious level and we have to include some weed management strategies. Never fear as we have seen it all, covered clothes lines to covered cars and we just love a garden clean up with a challenge.

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After-A-Spray

 

Typical Garden Clean-Up
We may start with weed spraying where necessary. Weed spaying can be a very cost effective way of getting access to junk and rubbish after years of neglect. Usually we can return in a week and begin to see what needs to be done. Brush cutting, hedge trimming, pruning, mowing and often removing dead trees and shrubs. At this point we begin to work out if a skip or a Jim’s trailer is the best way to dispose of rubbish to the tip. Occasionally we may even bring in bob cats and trucks where necessary. E.g. removing old cars, car parts, rotten tree stumps, old sheds etc.
Safety
No matter what scenario we are presented with, safety of occupiers, our operators and the general public is our utmost concern. This often may include properties that have been invaded with rats and snakes and spiders. We are WHS accredited and trained. Call Jim’s Mowing for a free quote on the number below!

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12 Oct 2016

Lawn Coring and De-thatching

Lawn Coring and De-thatching.
Lawn Coring and De-Thatching or Aerating and Vert i-mowing are two very significant methods which will assist you in having the best lawn in the street. Over time most lawns including Buffalo and Kikuyu increase their thatch levels. Thatch is dead grass clippings which over time create a layer on the surface of your lawn. This layer can become compacted resulting in poor quality lawn, bare patches and gradual infestation of weeds. Thatch can also prevent moisture and nutrient penetration down to your lawns roots. Lawn Coring and De-thatching will combat these problems resulting in much healthier lawn, greener lawn and less weeds and disease.
What is Coring (Aerating )
Coring or aerating can be done in two ways either a spike corer or a plug corer. In both cases it is simply a machine that either pokes holes in your lawn or a machine that takes out round plugs from your lawn. You are then left with small holes and soil plugs everywhere on the lawn surface which you may choose to rake up or mow. The benefit is to allow water, nutrients and air (nitrogen) into your soil making for a healthier grass. These methods also reduce compaction, a common problem in most lawns. You can also obtain rake like spike aerators that can be used by hand or pulled or pushed by mowers.

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What Is De-thatching (Verti-mowing )
Thatch is simply the build-up of grass that accumulates over time. Buffalo and Kikuyu grass runners will grow over the top of each other, eventually smothering the runners and leaf underneath. The smothered runners and leaf eventually die off and the dead thatch underneath becomes problematic. Left for many years a thick layer develops which causes a number of problems. Whilst thatch may have moisture retention benefits thatch also prevents necessary nutrients and water from getting to the grass roots and over time will choke your lawn.

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Buffalo & Kikuyu Difference
Both grasses are warm weather creeping grasses that self-repair, grow best above 15 degrees are drought tolerant and usually are dormant over the winter months. Keep in mind that Buffalo runners or stolons grow above ground and Kikuyu runners or rhizomes will grow under and across the ground. So basically you can be a little more severe with Kikuyu lawns but with buffalo lawns you need to keep a layer of runners on the surface.
On a quality lawn coring and de-thatching should be carried out every two years. This is a relatively simple task of running a de-thatching machine, similar to a lawn mower over your lawn. You then collect the thatch with a mower or simply raking it up. On smaller lawns you may wish to use a de-thatching rake. Your Jims Mowing gardener can advise you on what is best and give you a free quote and or advice.

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Alternative Mower Method.
An alternative method of lawn coring and de-thatching your Buffalo or Kikuyu lawn is to drop your mower to a very low setting. This will give your lawn a very close shave or scalp as we call it. Many of our customers do this in early spring to take advantage of the spring growth and rains. Make sure there are still lots of runners crisscrossing the ground though. After scalping fertilise the lawn with slow release fertilizer and water well for the next 2 to 3 weeks. An even better method is to fertilize your lawn with slow release 4 weeks prior to scalping, this will get the lawn actively growing and make it re-shoot quicker after scalping.

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If you have a weedy lawn, it is recommended to use a turf treatment prior to lawn coring and de-thatching to remove the broad leaf weeds. Spearhead is a popular brand that you can use on most lawns and again consult your Jim’s Mowing Gardener for advice and a free quote.
What do I do if it is an older lawn and the thatch is really bad?
If you have not mown the lawn short for many years, and the thatch level is really high it is recommended that you mow first and then use a plug aerator prior to de-thatching. This will assist the stolons and rhizomes growing down into the soil and prepare your lawn for the de-thatching process in say six weeks’ time.

Using a De-thatching machine.
As Buffalo does not have underground runners (rhizomes) this method is not as critical for Buffalo as it would be for Couch or Kikuyu. A mower works almost as well, but de-thatching machines are still suitable for Buffalo turf provided you do not de-thatch to soil level. If you go too low and remove all the above ground runners you may lose your lawn. So when using one of these machines, make sure you can still see some runners crisscrossing the ground. The same rules apply for the first method. Remove the de-thatched grass and take it away.

Using a Coring machine
This method is great for any lawn. The machine is very similar to a self-propelled lawn mower and leaves small holes in the ground and plugs of soil on the surface. After coring simply mulch mow, fertilize with a slow release fertilizer and water well. Top dressing with a thin layer of sandy loam after coring is also beneficial. Your Jim’s Mowing gardener will be happy to give you advice or a free quote on either of these services.

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Top Dressing.
This is particularly good for lawns after Lawn coring and dethatching. Buy a good quality lawn soil usually a sandy loam top dressing mix from your local supplier. Simply spread the mix over the top of the lawn. The height depends on the thatch level, but a good rule of thumb is to spread the mix over the lawn with a shovel, then rake it out so some of the lawn is still showing. Soil pH levels of 6.5 is best and again leave some grass leaf showing. If no leaves are showing you may have applied too much soil and you can smother the lawn. Prior to topdressing apply slow release fertiliser to assist the lawn rejuvenate. Top Dressing is also great at fixing holes, undulations and uneven parts of the lawn.
Jim’s Mowing are Lawn specialists and can help you with your lawn coring and de-thatching and give free quotes and advice.

07 Oct 2016

Jims Garden Mulching

Garden Mulching
Garden mulching has three main purposes, it reduces weeds, it retains moisture and it can make a garden look fantastic. The question is what sort of garden mulching do you need, what sort of garden mulching do you like the look of and which sort of garden mulching works best.
The Look!
The garden mulching “look” that you like is really a personal preference. Some people like the dyed black mulch as it can match or contrast with their house colour. Some people like white stones and yet other people seek the natural look of wood chips or pine back. So really, you need to select what is best for you and your property.

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What is Best?
Once you have selected which mulch you like, you need to establish two things. Will your selected garden mulch prevent weeds and will it retain moisture. This is where we come to the application thickness. Can the garden mulch be spread thick enough to prevent light reaching the weeds and seeds, if so you need it to be at least 100 mls thick, 200 mls would be better. To work out how many cubic metres simply multiply the length by the width by the thickness you want. Then investigate the cost per cubic metre and the labour component and see what you can afford. Mulch applied at that thickness will almost certainly retain
moisture.

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Weed Mat
At Jim’s mowing we are not a great fan of weed mat as we often get the jobs of pulling it out as the weeds have taken over and the product has failed. Instead we recommend applying garden mulch thickly and then maintaining the garden and add new garden mulch as it’s required.

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Wood Chip Mulch Shortcomings
Wood chips or wood based garden mulch products can leach nitrogen out of the soil as the wood based mulch products deteriorate/rot. Regular applications of a suitable fertilizer to your plants with strong NPK attributes will counteract this shortcoming.

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Vegetable Gardens
High nitrogen based garden mulch is good for your vegetable garden. As the mulch breaks down it will add to the soil and usually helps increase the organic content at the same time. Lucerne straw and pea straw are a couple that are easily sourced and quite reasonable in price.

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How to Find Garden Mulch?
The best way is online and starts with your local garden supplier. They usually have a web site showing you what is available, how much it is and the delivery cost. Failing that go to the shop and have a look and ask questions.

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Seed Bank
Be aware that if your soil or garden has been full of weeds, you will have a seed bank in the soil. Some weed seeds like thistle seeds stay viable in the soil for over ten years. So the importance of laying the mulch thickly and then maintaining it will prevent these seeds getting the light they need to germinate.

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Economy Garden Mulching
Your own recycled compost makes great mulch as does newspapers, cardboard and cut grass. You may get extra weeds from some of these ideas but they are economical to source. Bush mulch from re-cycled green waste from some council rubbish tips can also be a place to source cheaper products. Recycled rubber and wood is also on the market under various brands and may suit some people. Probably not the best garden mulch for vegetable gardens but can be economical to buy.

rubber-mulch

Jim’s Mowing are experts in assisting you with your garden mulching and can discuss your needs, offer advice and give you a free quote.

04 Oct 2016

Irrigation Repairs

Irrigation Repairs
Irrigation or reticulation systems need regular maintenance, even during the winter months when they are not being used. Irrigation repairs that need doing regularly are-
– Clearing blockages caused by insect pests like ants, slugs and bugs of all shapes and sizes attracted by pipes and moisture.
– Repairing pipe cuts made by gardening from forks shovels and secateurs
– Repairing pipes damaged from dogs that seem to enjoy the game of chewing on pipes and ripping them up.
– Repairing leaks from joins where the clamps have come off or been damaged.
– Repairing sprinklers, both micro and normal sprays that are blocked damaged or have come off.
– Replacing batteries that have gone flat in controllers
– Repairing wiring on controllers that has been damaged, gone rusty or has simply been disconnected
– Repairing and replacing blocked solenoids in automated systems
– Re-programming automated systems where there are power or battery issues
– Water source issues where taps or washers may have been damaged or are faulty.

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Troubleshooting and making irrigation repairs can be very time consuming.Locating the problem and walking to and fro can take considerable time. Then sourcing the brand of parts to fix and then performing the repair especially with leaking systems can be troublesome. On the other hand irrigation repairs in the form of battery replacement are quick and easy.

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Irrigation repairs on water features can be difficult. Finding leaks especially in contained systems means almost starting again. This can involve removing rocks and plants, testing repairing and often replacing pumps. Then checking and sometimes even replacing pond and tank liners.

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Irrigation repairs on drip systems can often result in digging holes to find leaks and pulling up and repairing drip lines and individual drippers. Flush valves and air valves often need replacement. Solenoids, back wash valves and pressure reduction valves can need checking, cleaning and or replacing.

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Jim’s Mowing can assist you with irrigation repairs. We provide free quotes and we can be the starting point to repair that system that can often save your garden, save you money and save you stress especially from irrigation leakages.

27 Sep 2016

Feng Shui Lawn And Garden

FENG SHUI Lawn and Garden.
A Feng shui Lawn and Garden. What does that mean I hear you say, and where does this comes from? Feng Shui ( Pronounced Fung Shoi ) is the ancient Chinese art of creating an environment for balanced, peaceful living. You don’t have to be Chinese to follow it – in fact this art is becoming more and more popular with Australians of all origins.
The principals of a Feng shui lawn and garden are based on design, ecology, Philosophy and common sense. Central to Feng shui is “Chi”i”- the flow of energy which produces growth, the regeneration of spirit and harmony of natural forces. A Feng Shui lawn and garden seem to fit very well together. Read on!
If the “Chi’i”in your environment is out of balance, you can improve it with good feng shui around your home and garden.
In feng shui the colour green is associated with the season of spring and the renewal of life. Green is also the colour of a healthy lawn and green is also the main colour in a healthy vibrant garden.
A Feng Shui lawn and Garden ideal plan is to have your homes rear and sides protected and your frontage open. An expanse of green lawn in the front of your home helps achieve this balance as does the creation of a garden at the rear and sides of your home. Use sweeping, curved lines in your garden design.
The quality and texture of pavement and driveways is hard and unyielding, where the softness and receptivity of the lawn, provides a balance.

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A Feng Shui lawn and Garden will have gentle curves or sweeping lines that will encourage positive flow of chi’i. This idea comes from the Chinese belief that roads or rivers, if following straight lines, may bring destruction, like arrows speeding towards their target.
Meandering lines on the other hand follow the path of nature.
A dying lawn is not positive Chi’i, rather, it creates a negative effect. A lack of vegetation creates an imbalance in your home.
Keep your front door entrance open and clear of obstruction such as walls or trees. This will allow energy to flow to the occupants of the home.

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A Feng Shui lawn & garden is something that Jim’s Mowing can assist you with. We can suggest a garden design and suitable landscaping and plants. Once complete we can even assist you with the “Superjim’s” maintenance package designed to take the stress out of your life, free up your weekends and importantly, enable you and your family to enjoy your garden.